(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)
Fresh from his appearance on the Today Show in New York City on Wednesday championship leader Lewis Hamilton will take centre stage at Thursday's FIA driver press conference at the Circuit of the Americas as he looks to extend his championship lead over team mate Nico Rosberg on Sunday.
The Mercedes driver will be joined in the press conference by the Williams Martini Racing Team's in form Finn Valtteri Bottas who is aiming to score another podium this weekend following his third place finish lat time out at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi three weeks ago, a result which has given the Grove based team a 28 point cushion over Ferrari in the Constructors championship with just three Grand Prix remaining this season.
The Lotus F1 Team's Romain Grosjean who is close to announcing a new contract with the Enstone outfit returns to the circuit where he finished on the podium in second place last season will also be in attendance at the press conference.
It is a very important race weekend for the Sauber F1 Team and their driver Esteban Gutierrez as the race in Austin is effectively a home event for the Mexican while the Swiss based outfit are desperate to score their first points of the season. Gutierrez will also face the media on Thursday.
Sahara Force India's Sergio Perez will also be at the press conference as it is also an extremely important event for the Silverstone based outfit as they look to close the gap to McLaren Mercedes who currently hold a 20 point advantage in the race for fifth place in the Constructors championship with just three race's remaining this season.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo heads into this weekend's US Grand Prix in third place in the championship with a 54 point advantage over the Williams Martini Racing Team's Valtteri Bottas. The Australian completes the line-up for the drivers press conference.
The drivers press conference will be live on Sky Sports F1 HD from 4PM on Thursday afternoon.
The FIA Team Principals press conference takes place on Friday with McLaren Mercedes Racing Director Eric Boullier being joined by Sauber's Monisha Keltenborn. The talk will more then likely be focused on the financial situation in Formula One with both the Caterham and Marussia F1 Team's going into administration this week.
They will be joined at the press conference by the Lotus F1 Team's Gerard Lopez. The Enstone based outfit are expected to announce a permanent team boss within the next few weeks. Williams Martini Racing's deputy team principal Claire Williams will also be in attendance as will Sahara Force India's team principal and managing director Dr Vijay Mallya.
The FIA Team Principals press conference will also be shown live on Sky Sports F1 HD at 4PM on Friday afternoon.
© Ben Johnston 2014